Legionnaires' outbreak: fourth death confirmed
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ASHEVILLE - A fourth person has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease, a severe bacterial respiratory infection, at the Mountain State Fair in Fletcher, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
NCDHHS declined to provide additional information about the most recent death, including the person's age, sex and home county, and declined to share how many patients remain in critical condition.
As of Oct. 18, 141 cases of Legionnaires' have been confirmed by NCDHHS.
More: Legionnaires' case associated with Quilt Show at WNC Ag Center
On Oct. 17, public officials announced that a single case of Legionnaires' has been linked to the Asheville Quilt Show, which was held at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Ag Center.
The Davis Event Center, thought to be the epicenter of the Legionnaires' outbreak, had been declared safe by Department of Agriculture employees before the quilt show but was closed before a gun and knife show out of "an abundance of caution," Ag Center director Matt Buchanan said.
More: WNC Ag Center declared safe before Quilt Show
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